Las Vegas (February 23, 2023) — On Saturday, March 4, Indianapolis Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay will host a free exhibition of The Jim Irsay Collection, a traveling museum of iconic artifacts from rock music, American history and pop culture, at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
During the event, Irsay, an active philanthropist in Indiana and nationally, will present $25,000 donations to two Las Vegas nonprofits:
The March 4 event also will feature a free concert by The Jim Irsay Band, joined by Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash; Buffalo Springfield) and 22-time Grammy winnerVince Gill. The show will include a special tribute to the late David Crosby, legendary member of Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Byrds, who recently passed away.
WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, 200 S. 3rd St.
Members of The Jim Irsay Band include Kenny Aronoff on drums (Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Bob Dylan), Tom Bukovac on guitar (played on over 700 albums with major artists), Mike Mills on bass & vocals (founding member of R.E.M.), Danny Nucci on guitar & saxophone (actor, Titanic, The Rock), Michael Ramos on keyboards (Mellencamp, Patti Griffin, Paul Simon), Carmella Ramsey on violin, mandolin & vocals (Reba McEntire, John Hiatt, Olivia Newton-John), Kenny Wayne Shepherd on guitar & vocals (five-time Grammy® nominee) and Mike Wanchic on guitar (Mellencamp).
The evening centers around the exhibition of the collection, including Irsay’s world-famous guitar and instrument collection, as well as artifacts from American history and popular culture. This will be the ninth free exhibition Irsay has hosted, with past stops in Nashville, Tenn., Austin, Tex., Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and San Francisco.
About the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Located on the corner of Third Street and Carson Ave. in Downtown Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is the ultimate entertainment destination. The 120,000 square ft multipurpose space offers a variety of layouts, ranging from music festivals, sports viewing parties, corporate events and more. With the ability to expand and contract based on event, they can accommodate up to 20,000 guests. Both tourists and locals alike are invited to explore the DLVEC. The venue features a state-of-the-art stage, incredible lighting, and clear sound that is sure to leave attendees amazed. For more information, visit www.dlvec.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn at @DLVEC.
For photos of the collection, visit here.
For photos of past events visit here.
For video overviews of the collection and events, visit here.
For general info, visit jimirsaycollection.com.
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"Over the years, some remarkable guitar collections have featured in the pages of this magazine. But, in terms of owning historic instruments with rock ’n’ roll credentials and sheer spending power, nobody can top Jim Irsay." READ ARTICLE
"The list of items [in The Jim Irsay Collection], spanning centuries, is extraordinary. And regardless of your area of interest, there will be something there that will blow your mind." READ ARTICLE
"As much of a spectacle as the cover sets might be—with Irsay backed by members of John Mellencamp’s band and R.E.M., among others—they’re simply a warmup act for the main attraction, Irsay’s massive and still-growing collection." READ ARTICLE
"Irsay, who possesses one of the most impressive collections of musical, historical, sports and pop-culture memorabilia on the planet, is determined to showcase the artifacts while celebrating the music he reveres." READ ARTICLE
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"Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is displaying his world-renowned collection of historic memorabilia to the public for the first time in the Big Apple. Irsay joined Cheddar News to talk about why he's bringing artifacts from the Beatles to Jerry Garcia to light now." WATCH VIDEO
"Bloomberg caught up with Irsay in advance of the [concert and exhibit in New York]. He talked about how much putting together a world-class collection costs and what it would take for him to part with it." READ INTERVIEW
"The focus [of the collection] is on powerful people who changed the world. 'I have JFK, his rocking chair, Jackie Robinson's bat that he hit a homerun World Series with, Muhammad Ali's shoes from the Thrilla in Manila against Joe Frazier,' Irsay said. 'It's so eclectic because it's everything.'" READ ARTICLE
"To call Irsay’s collection breathtaking would not do it justice. Items on display ran the gamut from historical artifacts — such as letters from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth and the Atlantic Charter signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt — to pop culture items such as Hunter S. Thompson’s “Red Shark” 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible." READ ARTICLE